Suspect in multi-county motorcycle pursuit identified, facing Carter County charges
The suspect in a multi-county motorcycle pursuit earlier this week has been identified and is facing Carter County charges for eluding.
According to Carter County court documents, Christopher Lamont Matthews, 46, of Fort Riley, Kansas was apprehended following the pursuit Tuesday night.
Matthews was reportedly driving a 2008 Kawasaki blue motorcycle when the pursuit was initiated around 9 p.m. outside of Gainesville, Texas. When Matthews crossed into Oklahoma heading north on Interstate 35, Love County deputies took over the pursuit.
Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham said deputies reached speeds of around 120 mph while pursuing Matthews in the freezing rain. Court documents state that Matthews reached speeds in excess of 130 mph at some points.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol took over once Matthews reached Ardmore and at the foothills of the Arbuckle Mountains, around the 43 or 44 mile marker on I-35, Matthews reportedly ran out of gas.
OHP arrested Matthews at that time and he is currently being held at the Carter County Jail for the felony charge of endangering others while eluding and attempting to elude a police officer.
Court documents state that Matthews was “endangering numerous other persons, which were using the same Interstate and exit ramps” and that he reportedly received “a visual and audible signal directing him to bring his vehicle to a stop” from a clearly identified police car.
Matthews also received a citation for failure to comply with insurance laws.
If found guilty, Matthews faces a fine of up to $5,000 or imprisonment for up to five years, or both.